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Mazes and Labyrinths

36 37 This quartered sevencircuit design appeared in a book by Thomas Hyll in 1563. Entitled A Most Briefe and Pleasaunt Treatyse Teachynge How to Dress, Sowe and Set a Garden, the book contains two of Hylls designs. During the 15th and 16th centuries labyrinths became extremely fashionable. The renaissance had not yet progressed to its expedient and materialistic conclusion and a little metaphysical advice still remained here Hyll advised the careful planting of herbs according to the scheme of the seven visible heavenly bodies in their traditional order. Another version below once existed at Theobalds in Hertfordshire. The ancient planetary order is given by the relative speeds of the heavenly bodies motions against the stars. Earth is placed at the centre, and then, moving out, the spheres are the Moon the fastest, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter then Saturn the slowest. Sadly nowadays the Sun, like Brussels, is the remote centre and few understand the heavens. HErBAl lAByriNTH Thomas Hylls design
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